Biology 181 Fall Semester 2018 Schedule
First-Year Opportunity: Introduction to Cutting-Edge Research in Biology

Week # Date Researcher Topics and Readings
1 28-Aug-18 Erik Herzog Unwinding the Biological Clock
  1. Circadian Rhythms: Move over Neurons - Astrocytes Mediate SCN Clock Function
  2. Astrocytes Regulate Daily Rhythms in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Behavior
  3. Neurons and networks in daily rhythms
2 4-Sep-18 Doug Chalker Science's Next Top Model: The Organisms of Discovery
  1. The slides of Doug Chalker's talk. These are to assist you in writing a short paper based upon Dr. Chalker's talk. They do NOT count as one of the PDFs that you will summarize for your paper if you select Dr. Chalker's talk for one of your papers.
  2. Model Organisms
  3. RNA Interference: Big Applause for Silencing in Stockholm
  4. Model organisms — A historical perspective
3 11-Sep-18 Jeff Gordon

The Human Gut Microbiota and Healthy Growth: A Microbial Perspective about Human Development

  1. Gut Microbiota Food Science and Human Nutrition
  2. Childhood undernutrition, the gut microbiota, and microbiota-directed therapy
  3. Food and Microbiota in the FDA regulatory network
4 18-Sep-18 Joe Corbo

The Role of Transcriptional Regulatory Networks in Organismal Development

  1. Vertebrate Neural Cell-Fate Determination: Lessons from the Retina
  2. Transcriptional regulation of photoreceptor development and homeostasis in the mammalian retina
  3. Reprogramming of adult rod photoreceptors prevents retinal degeneration
5 25-Sep-18 Gammon Earhart

From Turtles to Turning to Tango: Studies on the Neural Control of Movement

  1. Randomized Controlled Trial of Community-Based Dancing to Modify Disease Progression in Parkinson Disease
  2. Gait-Related Brain Activity in People with Parkinson Disease with Freezing of Gait
  3. The feasibility of singing to improve gait in Parkinson disease
6 2-Oct-18 Paul Stein

Spinal Cord Control of Limb Movement

  1. A Multiple-Level Approach to Motor Pattern Generation
  2. Motor pattern deletions and modular organization of turtle spinal cord
7 9-Oct-18 Nathan Stitziel

Lessons from the Human Genome: From Biology to Therapy

  1. Initial impact of the sequencing of the human genome
  2. Clan Genomics and the Complex Architecture of Human Disease
  3. Leveraging human genetics to guide drug target discovery
  16-Oct-18 Fall Break NO CLASS  
8 23-Oct-18 Sarah England

Electrical Activity of the Womb: Pores and Pregnancy

  1. Physiological pathways and molecular mechanisms regulating uterine contractility
  2. Why the heart is like an orchestra and the uterus is like a soccer crowd
9 30-Oct-18 Rachel Penczykowski Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  1. Bridging Taxonomic and Disciplinary Divides in Infectious Disease
  2. Linking winter conditions to regional disease dynamics in a wild plant-pathogen metapopulation
  3. Understanding the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions across scales
10 6-Nov-18 Arpita Bose Microbial Metabolisms and Their Influences on Biogeochemical Cycling
  1. Feeding Electricity To Bacteria Science Trends.pdf
  2. Electron uptake by iron-oxidizing phototrophic bacteria
  3. Syntrophic anaerobic photosynthesis via direct interspecies electron transfer
11 13-Nov-18 Ken Olsen Biology 500 and Presentations by Undergraduate Researchers
  1. Dr. Olsen's Slides
  2. Biology 200/500 Independent Study
  3. Biology Department
  4. Undergraduate Studies
  5. Students interested in research
  6. Washington University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
  7. Research/Job Opportunities
  8. Strategy for finding a mentor
  9. Help finding a summer job
  10. List of potential mentors
  11. Clinical Research Funder Studies at WUSM
  12. NIH

Presentations by Biology 500 students

  1. Dustin Tillman - Determining recognition requirements and heme attachment mechanisms of two prokaryotic holocytochrome c synthetases
  2. Maya Dutta - Research experience, native bees, and drought tolerance in white clover

  20-Nov-18 Thanksgiving Break NO CLASS  
12 27-Nov-18 Scott Mangan

Buried, But Not Dead: Soil-Borne Organisms Determine Plant Community Composition

  1. Negative plant–soil feedback predicts tree-species relative abundance in a tropical forest
  2. Grassroots Ecology: Plant-Microbe-Soil Interactions as Drivers of Plant Community Structure
    and Dynamics


Petra Anne Levin

From Frogs to Bacteria: How to Succeed in Research by Really Really Trying

  1. The Division Inhibitor EzrA Contains a Seven-Residue Patch Required for Maintaining the Dynamic Nature of the Medial FtsZ Ring
  2. The great divide: coordinating cell cycle events during bacterial growth and division

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